Category: Kayak

The Hero’s Journey

Our final step in both the heroes journey and the film is returning with Elixir.  In Jondachi, this occurs when our main character gets out of his kayak, hold this special rock in his hand, and looks up to the sky.

Adventure of the Spirit: Part 1

I met Mathias Ekorn randomly in a cafe in Chaiten, Chile.   I overheard him speaking about a video project that wasn’t going to plan.   I spoke up and introduced myself.   He filled me in on the details of his film project of trekking across Patagonia and how many important pieces of the… Read more »

Kayak Films: Trends and Direction

I have a great amount of respect for Substantial Media House. I think Evan and Fred are both great guys, amazing paddlers, and fantastic behind the camera. They have done so much for the sport and media behind whitewater paddling for the last 5 years. They have developed a language all of their own that… Read more »

Kayaking When Life Gets in the Way

Most people I know aren’t like me. By that, I mean most people don’t base their lives around kayaking. For me, this is something I have spent the last 10 years doing nearly year round and have found a way to base my career around it. Therefore, it is quite often that my weekend warrior… Read more »

In the Gear Bag: Fully tested and Highly Recommended

Reflecting on all of the cool experiences in just three and a half months of 2016 I thought I would touch on some of the gear that has really got me excited.  Not all of it is new but most is new to me. 1.  NRS H2Core Gear NRS has really stepped up the game… Read more »

Finding a way on the Delta

The morning of my flight to New Orleans I still didn’t know what I was going there to shoot.  At 10am I finally hear from Steve Fisher about the project that he has in mind. “This film has been a dream of mine for a long time,” he starts with and I know I am… Read more »

Slipping through my fingers: Filming the Jondachi, Day 4

Our talented paddler’s name is Brayan Robles. He is 17 years old and from Tena, Ecuador.  I met Brayan last March after I was in Tena solo and looking for good people to paddle with. He doesn’t speak English and for some reason my Spanish turns to beginner level when I am around him.  It… Read more »

How to Move Past Bad Days

Most sports have a degree of error. Whitewater can have a degree of catastrophe. For whitewater if you fuck up you are likely beat down, exhausted from fighting a hydraulic or dangerous situation, and then all your gear goes downstream. The better the kayaker you are, the worse the consequences. When you get in the… Read more »

How to Move Past Bad Days

Most sports have a degree of error. Whitewater can have a degree of catastrophe. Think of it: mountain biking, for the most part you can fall or simply stop and get off your bike. Skiing, you fall in the snow. That is for most mortal athlete of course. There are of course exceptions to the… Read more »